Terms & Conditions
Terms and Conditions
Spotlight School of Dance is the trading name of Spotlight Dance Ltd a company registered in England under number 10546745 with registered office 12a Gloucester Court 33 Gloucester Avenue London NW1 7TJ. These terms and conditions are the standard terms which apply to the provision of any services by the Spotlight Dance Ltd and where you are a consumer as defined by the Consumer Rights Act 2015.
When you or your child join classes with us you become a member of the school. Our membership fees are currently £12 per year due each September, which is pro-rated from the month you join the school. Membership fees do not apply to members who purchase our adult classes only.
Once you have become a member of the school there will be a contract between you and us based on these terms and conditions. We will automatically renew your membership every September unless you have told us in advance that you wish to leave the school. Membership fees are non-refundable in all circumstances.
Our children’s classes are charged in half-term blocks. These blocks are usually 6 weeks but maybe 5 or 7 weeks depending on public holidays etc. If your child joins part way through a block we will charge you for the remaining classes in that block. When your child joins a new class, your first class is usually a free trial. There are no refunds, credits or carry-overs for classes your child may miss for any reason.
Your child’s place is secured once your invoice for that block has been paid in full. We will automatically enrol your child in the next block unless you give us written notice via email no later than 3 weeks before the start date of that block. We do accept verbal notice given either to us or to one of our teachers. If notice is given later than this, we will charge a £5 late notice fee plus the cost of classes held open to your child in that block.
Invoices will be sent via email before each block and payment is due within 14 days. All payments must be paid before the block starts. We will remind you if your fees are overdue and we may add a late payment charge of £5 where fees are up to two weeks late, and a further £10 will be added up to four weeks late.
If we need to cancel your child’s attendance at a class we will let you know as soon as possible. We will only give credit if the cancellation was within our control, and we were unable to arrange a suitable alternative. Where we need to cancel a class for a reason that is beyond our control, we will try to offer an alternative class. There are no refunds, credits or carry-overs for cancellations beyond our control, even if your child cannot attend the alternative class offered.
If we think your child is ready to move the next level or grade, we will let you know. For ballet, tap and modern this is usually after your child has taken an exam or class award, however, exams are not compulsory and your child may move up without taking the exam if the teacher thinks the next grade up will be suitable. For street, jazz and acro we will let you know when the teacher thinks you are ready to move up, this will be based on ability and the age brackets in our timetable are used only as a guide. When deciding on class moves we always have the best interests of the dancer at heart.
Our adult classes are booked separately and you can enrol online into any adult class on the timetable. You can also buy a multi-class pass which is valid at any of our adult classes and lasts for 90 days. All classes must be paid for in advance and you must sign in with the teacher at the beginning of each class. We do not offer free trials for our adult classes, please purchase a single class pass if you would like to try before buying a multi-class pass. Changes to your booking can be made up to 12 hours before the start of the class and you can transfer to another class. Single classes and multi-class passes are non-refundable.
Class Conduct and School Rules
At Spotlight we want everyone to learn to dance in an environment that is safe, supportive and friendly. We expect all members, parents, children, teachers and staff to be polite, punctual, ready for class, and courteous to all – class mates, our teachers and staff, and any staff at the venues we hire.
Any behaviour which is disruptive to the class or is not in the spirit of the school may result in a warning or exclusion from the school. Swearing, bullying or aggressive behaviour is not tolerated at Spotlight.
Please make sure you are ready at the class start time, in the correct uniform with long hair pulled back from the face and for ballet classes in a neat bun. All jewellery or watches should be removed before class. We may ask your child to sit out of some of the class if they do not have the right uniform/equipment where we do not consider it safe to dance without it.
If you will be late, please let us know. Older dancers will be expected to warm up before class so they are ready to dance. The teacher may ask late-comers to warm up before joining the rest of the class.
Please inform us if you or your child intend to perform or attend dance classes elsewhere. This is to ensure consistency of training and avoid any conflict of interest. If you already attend another dance school, please also let them know you intend to dance with Spotlight.
All work in class is subject to intellectual copyright. If you wish to use any choreography outside of class at any time permission must be sought from the teacher and the School in advance.
Fitness, Health and Safety
Dance is an excellent way to keep fit and stay supple. It can also be physically strenuous, and you acknowledge that you or your child participate voluntarily, with full knowledge that there is an inherent risk of personal injury or illness arising from participation in dance classes, even if the school or the teacher is not negligent. We will of course take all reasonable care to ensure this risk is kept to a minimum.
Please make sure you or your child is fit and well enough to participate in classes. You are responsible for the state of health, physical condition and wellbeing of you or your child. Each of our teachers is competent to conduct the classes assigned to them and their advice does not include any medical or similar advice and is not a substitute for advice provided by an appropriate medical, health, or fitness professional or therapist. Certain classes may be unsuitable if you or your child has any medical, health or fitness problem or condition, in these circumstances please make as aware and we will advise accordingly.
We know how exciting it can be getting your first pair of pointe shoes. Being ready for pointework takes years of training and we will inform you when we consider you or your child to be ready. Our decision will be based on the strength, alignment, ability and maturity of you or your child and we will always make our decision in the best interests of the safety of the dancer. You should note that it is unlikely that a dancer who attends classes less than twice a week, even if for many years, will have built sufficient strength or alignment to train on pointe.
To avoid distraction, parents and other adults are not permitted to enter the studio during class. There will be an opportunity at the end of the term or year to watch your child perform. Men may only enter any female-only area within the school in cases of emergency.
Dancers are responsible for their own property and bring items to our premises at their own risk, we wil not be responsible for any loss or damage to personal belongings. Mobile phones or other electronic devices brought into the class must be switched off or on silent mode. We reserve the right to confiscate any item that causes a distraction and will return it at the end of class.
Dancers are not permitted to leave the studio during a class without permission from the teacher. In the unlikely event that your child wishes to walk out of class without permission we will contact you immediately, our teachers cannot be held responsible for your child’s refusal to stay.
We are not responsible for your child’s welfare on our premise outside your class time and studio. You should collect your child promptly after class. Where your child is not collected after class you will be contacted using the emergency contact number you have provided. After 10 minutes a late pick-up fee may be charged to you to cover the teacher’s whole waiting time at their usual hourly rate. Children under 16 will only be permitted to leave the studio on their own if we have your prior written permission.